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I bought Mike’s DURACELL from him as he was building his next boat COYOTE. My plan was to do my own, non-racing, solo non-stop circumnavigation. After bringing her to Seattle (through the canal) and winning the Pan-Pacific Race, I brought her solo back from Japan as a shakedown. My circumnavigation was cut short by losing the top 50’ of the mast in a collision with a freighter down by the equator.

Putting her on the hard next to my home, it was my intention to put it back together and return to sailing. Shore life got in the way with business and family obligations and now age and health issues. I no longer have the means to chase that dream. So what now?

I love that boat. I can’t imagine a more easily handled, sea kindly, safe, proven, shorthanded boat capable of sailing anywhere on earth. So a refit for a solo circumnavigator? Or shorthanded go anywhere?

Move the helm aft and replace the short pilot house with a long coach roof, build in creature comforts for a fast, shorthanded cruiser or ‘six pack’ charter boat? A Salish Sea, sailing/whale watching boat sailing out of Deception Pass?

Much of the movie “Coyote: The Mike Plant Story” was shot of and aboard this boat. The movie trailer can be viewed here: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6739894/ 

In any case, I want to make it possible for another individual or organization to own her and get her sailing again. I’m looking for a buyer, proposals and/or ideas.

Thanks!

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Hi John and welcome! I have wondered what happened to Duracell after your Pacific return, now I know. 

However, I am sorry to learn that the boat's been sitting on the hard all these years. When you purchased her, did she still have the "desert paintings" down below, or had it been repainted?

I'm glad you are looking for someone or an organization to buy her and get her sailing again. Hopefully, without all the structural changes you mentioned. Personally, I think Duracell looks great as designed and built.

I had some photo's of Duracell on the beach after Hurricane Bob hit Rhode Island. That was shortly before you picked her up. I am not sure I still have those, but I'll post them if I do.

QBF

Just an FYI: There is an entire thread on Coyote: The Mike Plant Story in the Ocean Racing Forum.

http://forums.sailinganarchy.com/index.php?/topic/166889-mike-plant-project-coyote-the-movie/

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Paintings are still there. This photo was taken a few weeks ago. Except for the added workbench in foreground and added small diesel propulsion, she's pretty much as you last saw her. Thanks!

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1 hour ago, JohnO said:

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Paintings are still there. This photo was taken a few weeks ago. Except for the added workbench in foreground and added small diesel propulsion, she's pretty much as you last saw her. Thanks!

Yes, that's what I remember.  Thanks for posting that photo!

When I get a chance this week I'll go through my old photo's and see if my Duracell pics still exist. I tend to move a lot so things tend to either get lost, or get tossed.

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I had the opportunity and looked for the photo's I once "had" of Duracell on the beach after Hurricane Bob in 1991.  Unfortunately, they're gone which is not a surprise as I have moved 22 times in the past 28 years and that also includes 9 years at my current location!

Oh well...

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It seems that Thomas Simmons, the director of Coyote: The Mike Plant Story has read this thread (I had been in touch with him on a personal matter) and he emailed me stating he has some photo's etc. of Duracell on the beach after Hurricane Bob. This would be the same incident as I had mentioned in a previous post.

Photo of Mike in the middle of building Duracell. Credit: Billy Black. Photo provided by Thomas Simmons.

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On 9/8/2019 at 10:17 AM, JohnO said:

I bought Mike’s DURACELL from him as he was building his next boat COYOTE. My plan was to do my own, non-racing, solo non-stop circumnavigation. After bringing her to Seattle (through the canal) and winning the Pan-Pacific Race, I brought her solo back from Japan as a shakedown. My circumnavigation was cut short by losing the top 50’ of the mast in a collision with a freighter down by the equator.

Putting her on the hard next to my home, it was my intention to put it back together and return to sailing. Shore life got in the way with business and family obligations and now age and health issues. I no longer have the means to chase that dream. So what now?

I love that boat. I can’t imagine a more easily handled, sea kindly, safe, proven, shorthanded boat capable of sailing anywhere on earth. So a refit for a solo circumnavigator? Or shorthanded go anywhere?

Move the helm aft and replace the short pilot house with a long coach roof, build in creature comforts for a fast, shorthanded cruiser or ‘six pack’ charter boat? A Salish Sea, sailing/whale watching boat sailing out of Deception Pass?

Much of the movie “Coyote: The Mike Plant Story” was shot of and aboard this boat. The movie trailer can be viewed here: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt6739894/ 

In any case, I want to make it possible for another individual or organization to own her and get her sailing again. I’m looking for a buyer, proposals and/or ideas.

Thanks!

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with enough money and work, that could be one very sweet cruising boat.

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I have some recent photos of the boat (less than 4mb jpgs) that I've tried to upload but get a failure note, code -200. Any ideas?

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18 minutes ago, JohnO said:

I have some recent photos of the boat (less than 4mb jpgs) that I've tried to upload but get a failure note, code -200. Any ideas?

What’s worked for me, if using a phone (iPhone), is to open the pic in phone as large as possible, and take a screen shot of it.  (And, if draired, quickly edit/crop top/bottom/sides if there are borders, etc you don’t like.)

Much lower resolution this way, so smaller file.  The annoying “code 200 - file too large error” sometimes occurs even if the files aren’t too large...posting screenshots of pics seems to work as a workaround.

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31 minutes ago, Jud - s/v Sputnik said:

(And, if draired, quickly edit/crop top/bottom/sides if there are borders, etc you don’t like.)

(And, if desired [typo above], quickly edit, etc...)

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John, thanks for posting this.   I was on the original design team at Rodger's office and had also wondered what happened after you limped home.  

I will let people know she's still here and in reasonable shape.  Would love to see her sailing again.

You might remember me better as Steve Baker  :)

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Wow, what a neat project, thanks for sharing! 

I own Dogbark/ex-Jarkan Yachts Open 60 that Kanga Birtles raced against Duracell in 1990.  I think Mike beat Kanga by 3 days, if Wikepedia is accurate.  

Dogbark got re-purposed for cruising, and we have taken her to the Arctic and the South Pacific in the last year, covering 19,000 miles safely and comfortably.  Even with smaller sails, these old girls cover water quickly and easily.  My two daughters (11 and 13 now) can basically sail her themselves, with help from one electric winch. 

Different boats for different folks, but I know of no better cruising platform for us.  This era of Open 60 is a go-anywhere-safely and comfortably boat that could be used for expeditions, sail training, or just a go fast and see the world platform.  I hope you find someone who can bring her back to her former glory.  Whoever takes on the project will not regret it! 

As an aside, props, and maybe a starting place, the folks at PT Rigging did all new standing rigging for me, and Ballard Sails did a full set of cruising sails for us plus running rigging.  While the $ it takes to fix up an old Open 60 are real, I can't say enough good things about the work that both teams did to get us launched.  We saw 50-70 knot blows multiple times, and rig and sails were absolutely bomber and confidence inspiring.  So are these boats. 

Good luck, PM me if I can help in any way!

 

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Duracell just hit the Facebook page for Coyote:The Mike Plant Story!

https://www.facebook.com/coyotemovie/

Also, here is the direct link to Open 60/IMOCA’s on the History of Race Boats website. They try to keep an updated list on the whereabouts and doings of race boats both new and old.

http://www.histoiredeshalfs.com/Histoire%20des%2060%27/Liste%20des%2060%27.htm

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On 9/9/2019 at 7:53 AM, MR.CLEAN said:

Very, very cool.

 

very much agree.

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Does anyone have any other ideas on how to get the word around to a larger audience that this boat is available? I'd appreciate your insight. Thank you!

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23 hours ago, Ishtarsdog said:

I own Dogbark/ex-Jarkan Yachts Open 60 that Kanga Birtles raced against Duracell.

Dogbark got re-purposed for cruising, and we have taken her to the Arctic and the South Pacific...

Enjoyed reading about your voyages in 48* North.  Hell of a cool boat.

I know the old saying, “if you have to ask...you can’t afford it” —but out of curiosity (since I have absolutely no idea, never having undertaken a project like this), after the boat purchase price, roughly what did you spend to refurbish/outfit Dogbark?  Wild, wild guess with no particular basis!!  $200K?  (If you’re willing to disclose, if course.  I’ve read about repurposing these older Open boats and occasionally wonder about the details of redoing them for fast cruising.  Thinking a 40 more in our budget at some point - I see one in Portugal asking US$65K.)

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Is there a way to add 'Duracell' to the tags of the original post?

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1 hour ago, JohnO said:

Does anyone have any other ideas on how to get the word around to a larger audience that this boat is available? I'd appreciate your insight. Thank you!

I notified Yves who runs the History of Race Boats that I mentioned in a previous post. He updates his website the first of the month so the Duracell thread should be updated then with some info.

If you want to go the broker route, than Bernard Gallay in France is the guy to contact. Mr. Gallay sells a lot of current and former race boats.  They are updating their website at the moment but they link to their listing on Yacht World.

http://www.bernard-gallay.com

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Nobody in the right mind would buy this boat to campaign nor cruise.

Just a thought- You could talk to Wayzata Community Sailing Center (which is very much close with the Mike Plant Foundation). I know the club next door is trying to promote racing in Bayfield. Perhaps giving the Wayzata Sailing Center to help the community participate in keelboat racing would be cool.

Personally- given the Mike Plant story. It would be really awesome to use the boat as a platform to promote sailing- especially to help build the sport. Maybe the Anarchy Community Sailing Boat- do the travel around and promote sailing- like Fazisi but not suck ass at promotion... or in similar vein SA gang bang this bitch- like the fucking Green Bay Packers.

 

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On 9/12/2019 at 1:40 PM, JohnO said:

Does anyone have any other ideas on how to get the word around to a larger audience that this boat is available? I'd appreciate your insight. Thank you!

write an interesting story, include the news on the boat's potential availability in the intro, and send it to editor@sailinganarchy.com

 

also post something to facebook yacht club

 

between the two places you'll hit a few hundred thousand people

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Every boat and every owner is different. Dogbark was the beneficiary of a ton of low cost support, some sponsorship, and we did a lot of the work ourselves or with the help of some highly skilled mentor-types. But I think the $200k number isn’t a crazy starting place if the hull is sound and if you are not trying to get back into race trim.

You could spend less with used sails, a used mast section, and scavenged parts from other boats if you happen to know a bunch of big boat people and if you are handy.

But you could spend a fair bit more if you went for a new mast, if you actually want a bit of interior, new electronics and an engine that will push the boat at hull speed. When you are done you have a boat that is one of the fastest, toughest, most comfortable cruising boats on the planet. What is that worth?  

(Hint: Less than you paid for it, regardless of how much you spent. It’s a boat.)

On 9/12/2019 at 10:49 AM, Jud - s/v Sputnik said:

Enjoyed reading about your voyages in 48* North.  Hell of a cool boat.

I know the old saying, “if you have to ask...you can’t afford it” —but out of curiosity (since I have absolutely no idea, never having undertaken a project like this), after the boat purchase price, roughly what did you spend to refurbish/outfit Dogbark?  Wild, wild guess with no particular basis!!  $200K?  (If you’re willing to disclose, if course.  I’ve read about repurposing these older Open boats and occasionally wonder about the details of redoing them for fast cruising.  Thinking a 40 more in our budget at some point - I see one in Portugal asking US$65K.)

 

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8 hours ago, Ishtarsdog said:

Every boat and every owner is different. Dogbark was the beneficiary of a ton of low cost support, some sponsorship, and we did a lot of the work ourselves or with the help of some highly skilled mentor-types. But I think the $200k number isn’t a crazy starting place if the hull is sound and if you are not trying to get back into race trim.

You could spend less with used sails, a used mast section, and scavenged parts from other boats if you happen to know a bunch of big boat people and if you are handy.

But you could spend a fair bit more if you went for a new mast, if you actually want a bit of interior, new electronics and an engine that will push the boat at hull speed. When you are done you have a boat that is one of the fastest, toughest, most comfortable cruising boats on the planet. What is that worth?  

(Hint: Less than you paid for it, regardless of how much you spent. It’s a boat.)

 

As a testament to how easily driven Duracell is, the 27 horse Yanmar Diesel I added easily cruises her at 7 knots with no head sea/wind. From the point of the collision she got me approx. 500 miles into Turtle Bay, Baja and then up the coast to San Diego. Against 10-15 knots and 2-3' seas that is probably down to about 5 knots. The only reason to increase the engine/prop size is if you demand that it be able to push you faster or into significant wind/sea.

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